Shakhtar Donetsk talismanic goalkeeper Andrey Pyatov has posted emotional farewell message to his teammate Sergiy Kryvtsov, who is expected to join Major League Soccer club Inter Miami in the nearest future. Meanwhile, Everton left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko stands a chance to link up with compatriot Artyom Dovbyk of Dnipro-1
Shakhtar central defender Kryvtsov is on the verge of joining David Beckham’s Inter Miami, multiple sources report. The 31-year-old, one of those responsible for Shakhtar’s domestic domination in football results today, is set to leave the club after a 10-year-long association which saw him win 20 domestic titles, including eight Ukrainian Premier League trophies. Although Kryvtsov’s departure is yet to be confirmed, his teammate Pyatov took to Instagram to pay tribute to the apparently outgoing player.
Shakhtar legend Pyatov bids farewell to MLS Inter Miami-bound Sergiy Kryvtsov, Everton set sights on Artyom Dovbyk
”He and myself have formed a perfect understanding on the pitch. At 0:13, you can see me shouting to him: ”Mate, you’ve been so good. Miami will definitely give you a call”.
He responds: ”What are you talking about, Andrey? You focus on the game! I slipped up and stained my shirt, though. My wife won’t be happy”.
Going to miss your jokes, your reliability, both on and off the pitch. So happy for you! Let the blue and yellow flag wave!” wrote Pyatov, who joined Shakhtar in 2007, has played over 130 games across all tournaments alongside Kryvstov.
Launched by English football icon David Beckham in 2018, Inter Miami compete in Major League Soccer, the United States’ most elite club tournament. Having finished 12th last season, Phil Neville’s men dream are currently on a pre-season training camp ahead of the upcoming edition of the tournament, set to start February 21.
In other developments, Premier League club Everton are evaluating the possibility of signing Dnipro-1 striker Artyom Dovbyk, claims UA-Football.com. The Toffees are keen to bounce back after a disappointing start to the season which resulted in them sitting 19th in the table. Goal-scoring problems are obvious for the Merseyside team, who have netted just 15 times in 20 league encounters this campaign.
Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who took over the club following the sacking of Frank Lampard, is considered to be a big admirer of Dovbyk. The 25-year-old towering forward was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest last summer but remained at Dnipro-1 at the of the day.
Standing at 189 centimetres tall, Dovbyk is renowned for his heading ability and physicality. One of the Ukrainian’s best performances came at the Euro 2020 last-of-16 clash against the Swedish team when the forward headed home in added time to seal a 2-1 for Zbirna. This season, he has scored 16 goals and provided four assists in 22 club fixtures.
Nevertheless, roping in Dovbyk won’t be an easy task for Everton as Dnipro-1 are likely to demand at least 20 million euros for their star player.